CRCS&ICRS Wednesday Forum: “Discourse Analysis in Religious Studies: A Comparative Analysis of Tanzania, Indonesia, the Netherlands”

Dear CRCS & ICRS students, faculty and guests We kindly invite you to participate in the CRCS & ICRS Wednesday Forum of this week. Wednesday forum will have Prof. Dr. Frans Wijsen as the speaker. Some information about this forum can be read as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Time: 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara, Pogung
Speaker: Prof. Dr. FRANS WIJSEN


For the past few decades there has been dissatisfaction among religious scholars with objectivist definitions of religion and positivist methods of studying religion. However, alternative theories and methods of religious studies are not yet standardised. The application of Critical Discourse Analysis for the scholarly study of religion and inter-religious relations is a way among others to look for that alternative method. This presentation will explore an ongoing comparative research in Tanzania, Indonesia and the Netherlands. The main inquiry of this research is how does religious language represents and constitutes religious identities and by doing so to generate convergence or divergence among religious communities.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Dr. FRANS WIJSEN is a professor at Faculty of Religious Studies Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He worked in Tanzania from 1984 till 1988. Since then he has conducted periods of fieldwork in East Africa annually. His publications include “There is only one God” (Kampen 1993). He is co-author with Ralph Tanner of “Seeking a Good Life” (Nairobi 2000), and of “I am just a Sukuma” (Amsterdam , New York 2002); and with Bernardin Mfumbusa of “Seeds of Conflict” (Nairobi 2004). He is currently supervising Ph.D. candidates both from Tanzania and Indonesia on discourse analysis in religious studies.


The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first serve basis.

Contact Persons:

Elis Z. Anis (ICRS):,; Lina Pary (CRCS):; Mustaghfiroh Rahayu (CRCS):


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